Still, it looks like the final month of the year is now in full swing, which means that it’s time to start planning out holiday gifts! For those of you who, like me, prefer to go the more affordable and DIY route, I can already say from this experience that this Pina Colada Granola recipe makes for a fantastic healthy holiday gift! I looks pretty darn adorable in a mason jar, it’s quick and easy and healthy to make, and it’s guaranteed to “warm” up any of your friends who might be wistfully dreaming about tropical getaways. Oh, and you might want to save some for yourself too. ;)
Speaking of gifts, I’m also stoked to announce that we are kicking off the month of December with a rockin’ giveaway for two winners from Nature Box. (And — bonus — if you enter the promo code GIMMESOME, all of you great readers can get 50% off your first Nature Box order!) Read on for the details…
I wish I could tell you that the inspiration for this pina colada granola came after sipping frozen drinks out of a big pineapple with little umbrellas sticking out on a sunny, sandy beach somewhere. But alas, it’s cold, it’s December, and I’m still living in The City Farthest Away From Pretty Much All Beaches (yes, Kansas City).
Actually, the inspiration was much more delicious and came from receiving my latest shipment of snacks from Nature Box. For those of you who haven’t yet heard of this brilliant company, Nature Box delivers hand-picked, healthy snacks to your door each month. (More about them with the giveaway below!) And it just so happened that this past month, the snack that greeted me upon opening that classic green box was a beautiful bag of dried pineapple rings.
No wimpy, overly-sugar-coated little pineapple bits here.
Just a bag of lovely, vibrant, “Big Island Pineapple Rings”. They instantly made me think of my favorite island drink, a yummy pineapple coconut pina colada. And since I was due for a new batch of homemade granola, I decided to bust out some coconut (flakes + oil) along with some other favorite ingredients to make a batch of pina colada granola.
All you need to make it are some oats, nuts (I used pecans), coconut flakes (you could also use shredded coconut), honey, coconut oil, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and lots of those beautiful pineapple rings.
Stir everything together, minus the coconut flakes and pineapple.
Pop it in the oven to bake for awhile. Then add in the coconut at the end and bake for a final 10 minutes. (I do this so that the coconut doesn’t get too toasted.) And then once it’s baked, toss the granola with the pineapple. And voila — pina colada granola is yours to enjoy. Or give away. Or both!!
Seriously, if you are looking for a healthier foodie gift alternative to cookies or desserts galore, I guarantee everyone would love a jar of this. And it’s quick and easy and affordable. And it just tastes darn good.
(Scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe.)
And speaking of holiday foodie gifts, I’m stoked that Nature Box is sponsoring a giveaway on the site today for two lucky readers to win a 6-month supply of Nature Box snacks!
I have long been a fan of Nature Box since a friend introduced me to them months and months ago. But for those who have not heard of Nature Box, allow me to introduce you.
In a nutshell (ahem, I especially recommend the Nature Box peppery pistachios “nutshells”), Nature Box is a subscription service that delivers 5 healthy snacks to your door each month. Each snack is healthy and nutritionist approved and made from ingredients you can feel good about eating. I’m not kidding. I can always recognize (and pronounce!) every ingredient listed on the back of each package. And each snack contains no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors and no artificial colors.
But in addition to being healthy, I can vouch that these snacks are also super tasty. You can read about their selection of different snacks here. But I would personally recommend the Chia Seed Crackers, Sunshine Chips, Blueberry Almonds, Toasted Cheddar Stix, Lone Star Snack Mix, and of course, the Big Island Pineapple Rings. Literally, I have liked each snack I’ve received. (And as a bonus, many of the snacks are vegan, which has been a bonus for sharing with some of my vegan friends!)
So if you are looking for an awesome holiday gift that will keep on giving — either for a loved one, or even as a gift to yourself! — I wholeheartedly recommend giving Nature Box a try. If you enter the promo code GIMMESOME (or just click this link), you can even get 50% off any of the three box sizes. But I would also highly recommend entering the giveaway below as well. Just follow the directions on the widget below. a Rafflecopter giveaway
This pina colada granola recipe is healthy, simple, and full of great tropical flavor!
4 cups old-fashioned oats (or gluten-free oats)
1 cup pecans (or almonds, walnuts, etc.)
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups coconut flakes
1 cup diced dried pineapple (I used Nature Box)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, pecans, honey, melted coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and salt until evenly combined. Spread mixture out on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove sheet, sprinkle coconut flakes on top of the granola and gently stir them into the mix. Return sheet to oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, until coconut is toasted and the granola is cooked.
Remove sheet from oven and let cool to room temperature. Add in diced dried pineapple, and toss to combine.
Store in a sealed container and keep for up to 3 weeks.
Disclaimer: This is a post and giveaway are sponsored by Nature Box. All opinions are 100% my own, as always. I’m just stoked to share about this cool and healthy product with you. So thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible!
I have been thinking about getting a subscription to Nature Box and this would be a great way to try it out!
Cause my thighs are begging me to eat more healthy snacks!
Love love love nature box!
I love to try new foods & I’m trying to eat healthier.
Great way to start the new year happy and healthy!
I love the idea of healthy snacks sent right to my door!
First, your granola looks so delicious and comforting! I would love to put it over my yogurt in the morning! And I would love to win a 6-month subscription to Nature Box to be introduced to new healthy snacks each month!
My family and I have made a pact to start the new year healthier. Plus I have been eyeballing the Nature Box site for months now.
I’ve heard great things about this and would love to try it out.
I just LOVE SNACKS!
I can’t wait to try NatureBox! My little one is allergic to eggs, so we are always looking for TASTY vegan treats!!
I would absolutely LOVE a NatureBox subscription!!! I am a nutritionist and am all about healthful eating; as it is what I preach all day to my clients. My all-time favorite snack or dessert is plain greek yogurt all “doctored up” with different add ons such as granola, honey, peanut butter, etc. I would absolutely love to try these new & different healthy options. & then pass the word on to many more people for healthful eating options. :)
I love the idea of always having yummy healthy snacks on hand v
Healthy snacks delivered to my door? Yes please!
Pina coladas are my favorite so I’m completely in love with this idea for pina colada granola. Genius!!
would be great to keep a stash at work for midday snacks!
Why not? It looks delicious!
I love having my nutrition delivered to my door. When I go to the grocery, I get pulled away to not so healthy snacks. I get my fresh fruits and vegetables delivered this way. It makes life so easy :-)
I’d love to win because I’m stretched a bit thin now and it will help me keep eating healthy!
I have never tried them before but the pineapple looks great!
Would love to try their products because I keep hearing so many positive things about them and I’m looking for healthier snacks for my family!
I would love to win this because my apartment that I share with 7 other girls and I would love to have some healthy snacks! It is tough to always eat healthy in college and our only grocery stores around here are Kroger and WalMart. (we are really limited in our selections) We always sit in our family room at night and eat the snacks we have around, but would love a little change up and some healthy Nature Box snacks in our lives here in Oxford, Ohio.
Fun granola!! I love the tropical flavors!
i would love some healthy goodness. i am trying to eat better but the better snacks have been a problem. i need to get introduced to some better alternatives!
I love different types of granola
I would really love to win this! I started eating clean about four months ago and have already dropped over 35 pounds, but it hasn’t been easy because a lot of healthy foods are over priced. Especially with three little ones trying to buy healthy food for our family of five is costly but I am still trying to be a healthy influence on them. P.S. granola is my weakness!
I love the honey crunch crisps!
Making these for Christmas party favors next week !! Thanks for the idea
I would love to win, because I’m trying to makeover my eating habits, and I think it’s great to be able to sample a few things to find out what it is I really like.
I’d love to have healthy snacks delivered to my door… one less thing to worry about!
I would love to win so that I could kick-start my diet the healthy way!
I would love to purchase a subscription as a gift but I am hesitant to gift something (that is food) I haven’t tried myself.
I love nature box. So tastey.
I’ve been dying to try Nature Box but just haven’t been able to make myself pull the trigger!
I have been dying to try nature box! I tried to order on Black Friday but I was logged out several times. I was so bummed! It looks amazing!!
I would love love love to win- this would help me keep my family as healthy as possible. Thanks for the chance. Fingers croseed :)
I have been wanting to try Nature Box but hesitated on doing it because I don’t know if I will like the snacks. Would be awesome to have healthy snacks delivered to my door!!
I’m a sucker for finding delicious things in my mail
I want to win because I love to try new natural and/or organic products
I’ve seen ads for Nature Box popping up on facebook and I love the idea! I love to snack and would love healthy options that I can trust…I think my little ones would, too!
I’d love to try a subscription to see if I would like and use the snacks. I am definitely a snacker and think I would probably love what they send!
Granola’s such a great holiday gift idea – easy and healthy!
I’ve been wanting to try Nature Box for ages. It’s great to have more tasty, healthy snack options!
I love snacking, probably a little too much, so adding some healtier options into my day would be a great thing!
I’d love to stock my office with healthy snacks so I don’t resort to candy!
We tried (and loved)Nature Box for a few months… the Honey Crunch Crisps (sesame sticks with a sweet coating) are amazing!
I would love to try new healthy foods!
I like trying new options for healthy snacking, so this would be a fun treat!
I would LOVE a subscription because I’ve actually seriously pondered succumbing to buying it in the past, and I’ve always felt too guilty. I would love to finally get to try it, or to possibly even give it as a gift to a friend.
I love the interesting snacks Nature Box offers. It gives me an opportunity to try something I wouldn’t normally pick up in the snack aisle.
A snack box of different foods to snack on and try new things would be great and my family can hopefully find new items they like.